Americans for Harkin

7910 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD  20814

Tim Raftis (32)  campaign manager.
Raftis, an Iowa native, had considerable involvement in that state's politics including service as coordinated campaign director for the state party, finance director for Harkin's 1984 campaign, and chief of staff for Rep. Dave Nagle.  He had run Harkin's 1990 Senate campaign and then worked as a consultant, serving as president of the Kamber Group's Politics, Inc.  Raftis was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Presidential campaign.

Kay Casstevens (42)  deputy campaign manager.
Casstevens joined Harkin's staff in 1986 and at the time of the campaign was his chief aide in the Senate.  She oversaw the day-to-day running of the campaign, including scheduling, issues, and debate negotiations.

Don Sweitzer (45)  senior adviser.
Sweitzer had early discussions with Bill Clinton, but as a New Yorker he felt he should wait for Cuomo.  When Cuomo finally bowed out in December, Sweitzer took a leave from his consulting work and joined the Harkin campaign.  (He was friends with both the Senator and Ruth Harkin).  On the campaign he filled many political director functions, helping with strategy and media development and reaching out to political and labor constituencies.  Sweitzer had worked on Ted Kennedy's 1980 and Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaigns and served as finance director of the DNC during Paul Kirk's tenure.

John Fitzpatrick (48)  senior adviser.
Fitzpatrick had been with Harkin for much of his career.  He managed Harkin's 1972 and 1974 House campaigns, served as his top aide for 10 years, and managed his 1984 Senate campaign.  In 1988 he was deputy campaign manager for Paul Simon's presidential campaign.  In July 1991, after discussions with Senator Harkin and his wife Ruth, key staff, consultants and people in New Hampshire and Iowa, Fitzpatrick wrote the Harkin campaign plan.  This document, about 150 pages in length, was finalized in the first week of August and laid out how the campaign would allocate its resources.  Later Fitzpatrick focused on long-range strategy, looking two weeks to two months ahead, and he worked with Harstad and Swope on message.

Lorraine Voles (32)  press secretary.
Voles joined Harkin's staff in 1990.  She had previously been working for Mothers and Others for Pesticide Limits.  In 1988 Voles directed Dukakis' media operations in Iowa and she later moved on to become the campaign's national deputy press secretary.

Betsy Schwengel  finance director.
Harkin' s finance director for the past three years, is a former aide to Senator Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio.

Katherine "Kathi" Rogers  NH state director.
Consultant since 1980; experience on the Dukakis, Mondale and Carter campaigns as well as NH state campaigns.  President of NH Young Democrats, 1978.  Graduated from Clark University, 1977. Concord Heights resident.

Ruth Harkin  the candidate's wife and "longest serving" political adviser.
An attorney at the influential Washington law firm of Akin Gump Hauer & Feld, Ruth Harkin was in on all important meetings and helped with message.

and the consultants:
Ken Swope  media consultant.
The Massachusetts-based Swope produced some of Michael Dukakis' 1988 primary spots and had been doing public sector and political advertising since the 1970s.

Paul Harstad  pollster.
On leave from Peter Hart Research, Harstad worked full time on the campaign's polling and focus group needs.

Mal Warwick and Associates  direct mail fundraising.
Berkeley, California.